Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter by Carrie Fancett Pagels -- Book Tour Review + Guest Post + 2 Giveaways
About the Book
In a land fraught with religious strife, they must break the barriers between status and faith to forge a fresh future in a new world… After her Huguenot father is arrested, aristocrat Suzanne Richelieu escapes Versailles. Handsome German peasant, Johan Rousch, risks his life to bring her to the safety of his family’s farm in the Palatinate duchy, but when Suzanne’s brother and the French army arrive with a warning that they plan to burn the area, she and Johan are forced to flee. With no money or options, both become indentured servants in exchange for safe passage to Philadelphia. Suzanne falls gravely ill aboard ship and marries Johan, only to survive with no memory of the wedding—a reality made worse when Johan spots the “priest” who married them working as a surveyor and later in Quaker cleric garb. Are their wedding vows valid? When Suzanne’s former fiancé arrives in port, planning to abduct her, Johan must save her again—but can he do so before Suzanne is lost to him forever?
About the Author
Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!
Guest Post from the Author
Hi, I’m Carrie Fancett Pagels, so excited to see this particular book “baby”, Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter, finally being “born!” I started working on this over eight years ago!
Would you believe it was a genealogical search that began this story? We had a lot of research on my father’s side of the family but not on my mother’s. Sites like Ancestry.com were getting big. One of my mother’s cousins posted the genealogy that he’d found, on one of the genealogy sharing sites and I got that information but only back to where I found two Rousch cousins marrying. I honestly didn’t want to go on after that, as it appeared they were first cousins – yikes! But after praying about it, and knowing my mom was curious, too, I went forward.
While I am interested in genealogy, as a former psychologist, I’m more interested in people’s stories. So when I discovered that the two cousins were the grandchildren of Johan Adam Rousch, who had been acknowledged because nine of his ten sons had fought in the American Revolution, I wanted to know more about him and his family and ancestors. Since there were books already written about him, I went up to the University of Virginia Rare Books Library and read what people had to say about the real life Johan. He sounded fascinating. He was an immigrant from the Palatinate of Germany and lived in the western part of Virginia, after immigrating via Pennsylvania.
I had joined the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) group and had been working on a novel set in the Charleston, South Carolina area, where I’d previously lived. I got so interested in Johan and his story that I began to write. But I couldn’t wrap my mind around Susanna, his real life wife who likely also came from the Palatinate, possibly on the same ship. No matter how I tried to work on her, through various writing classes I took, I couldn’t make her “real” because she just wasn’t speaking to me. I tried and I have the old scenes to prove it!
When I write, I pray. I asked God to show me scriptures for each scene, which were included on my rough drafts (they are not there in the final novel.) I did some research, at the library, and a massive tome about the Hundred Years War was recommended to me and one on European History from that time frame. By learning of some of the reasons the Palatinate was persecuted, such as the French punishing them for taking in Protestants, I began to imagine a different sort of heroine for my story. Of course, although the story was inspired by Johan and Susanna, this book is fictional. That freed me up for God to inspire me to make this story about faith. A core tenet of the book is that we must find our own faith – we cannot “borrow” it from someone else!
Since I was still practicing as a psychologist, as I developed Suzanne’s character I included traits that would be common in someone is the situation she was in. She’s living in an aristocratic French family, with parents who are actually of the Huguenot faith. If they are discovered there can be drastic consequences, including death. So a young lady like that may become more obsessive and compulsive as a way of dealing with that anxiety.
I hope those who read this story will be inspired by the message of overcoming and of finding one’s own path to faith in the Lord!!!
Carrie Fancett Pagels Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter is an exciting and suspenseful new historical romance novel that readers are not going to want to miss. As an avid fan and reader of Carrie’s books, I am going to have to say this is probably my favorite novel yet! This fresh historic novel is filled with wonderful characters, as well as delightful twists and turns that will keep readers wondering what will happen next. Carrie has written a lovely and captivating story that will keep readers engaged throughout the entire novel! I would recommend this novel to readers that enjoy historical, romance, suspense novels.
Genre: historical, romance, suspense
Publisher: Pelican Book Group
Publication date: July 1, 2016
Number of pages: 346
Content Rating: PG
Book Rating: 5 stars
A review copy of this book was provided by CelebrateLit.
To celebrate her tour, Carrie is giving away a Kindle Fire 7, one signed copy of Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter along with Postcard & bookmark and Fleur de Lis Earrings. Link to the giveaway is in the image above.
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6/1/2016 07:15:58 am
Thanks so much for your kind words, Sydney!!! My readers have been asking for longer novels, so I'm hoping this will make them happy! God bless you for being a Pal and Avid reader of my stories, written for God's glory. You have to choose to have a relationship with the Savior and I pray some people who read this book will come to a true relationship with the Lord! blessings!
Tina StClair Rice
6/1/2016 09:50:20 am
Congratulations Carrie! I for one am very happy you wrote a long novel and I love Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter!
Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books
6/1/2016 10:10:02 am
Oh yes!!! I was simply delighted when I learned that this was a longer novel! Such a good story!!! :D I hope many readers enjoy the story and are brought closer to God by reading it! :)
6/1/2016 09:32:15 am
I love all of the background information!
6/1/2016 03:25:02 pm
Marsha, there was a ton of research that went into this book, more than my other books thus far! I hope you will enjoy it!
Sydney @ Singing Librarain Books
6/6/2016 09:01:19 am
I totally agree Marsha. The background information in this book is fantastic! :)
6/1/2016 02:16:41 pm
Congratulations Carrie! I love how you make history come alive and the spiritual truths you weave within your stories.
6/1/2016 03:26:11 pm
Thanks, Caryl! I love to read Christian fiction and write it. The thing that differentiates our stories, in particular, from secular is the spiritual arcs for our characters.
Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books
6/6/2016 09:02:28 am
Hi Caryl. Carrie is just wonderful at making history come alive. I totally agree. And spiritual truths just add more to the story! :)
6/1/2016 02:47:48 pm
I have read all but one of Carrie's books so far and have loved them all. So excited about a full length novel!
Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books
6/6/2016 09:03:15 am
I totally agree, Andrea. I am simply thrilled that Carrie now has a full length novel! :D
6/1/2016 03:05:13 pm
Looking forward to reading this longer book from you also, Carrie - such an exciting story I want to learn more about!!
6/1/2016 03:58:43 pm
Bonnie, I hope you'll really enjoy this new novel! Many blessings to you!
Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books
6/6/2016 09:04:02 am
Bonnie, You are going to love this one! Hope you are able to get your hands on a copy soon!
6/1/2016 04:35:34 pm
Carrie, I am praying that the readers who read Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter will find a grain a truth that brings them closer to our Savior. I know that those who read it will find it to be an exciting read.
Ellen L Gray
6/2/2016 07:19:07 am
I like reading about the inspiration for books. My husband loves genealogy and seems to have found several family members intermarrying so I feel your pain. The book sounds good, can't wait to check it out.
6/2/2016 09:46:25 am
Strange question. What was your favorite subject in school? I wouldn't be surprised if it was History, because all the research you have to do for your books.
6/3/2016 11:52:22 am
Thanks for the great post and I'm enjoying reading about your books.
6/6/2016 02:29:24 am
Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter looks so good!
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